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AANE - Asperger SyndromeListed below, in chronological order, are upcoming events sponsored by AANE. Please contact AANE if you have any questions about these events.

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Advance registration with payment is required for all programs in order for your registration to be confirmed. Early registration is highly recommended due to limited seating. After the deadline, please call AANE at (617) 393-3824, ext. 10, to check if the program is still being held and if space is available. AANE reserves the right to cancel if the minimum enrollment is not met by the registration deadline. If you register for a workshop and are a no-show, there are no refunds nor credits given to attend another workshop.

Child & Teen 2014 – 2015 Workshop Catalog
For a complete listing of our face-to-face and webinar workshops, please click on the link above.

Webinar Catalog
Online learning is now available! In addition to the programs listed below, we now offer online learning via webinars, which are accessible using your computer or telephone. Online registration only.

On-Demand Training
Now you can watch recordings of our presentations at your convenience 24/7. Online registration only.

Upcoming AANE Events

Events - EveryoneSenses & Sensibilities: An Inside View on Sensory Issues with Stephen Shore

Date: Watch for a new date
Location: Webinar

The variation in perception of sensory stimuli for many with autism often causes great discomfort and the information received may be not even be usable. The aim of this presentation is to enable susceptible individuals and those close to them to avoid and minimize the effect of sensory overload through easy-to-implement solutions, thereby enabling those with sensory issues to lead fulfilling and productive lives.

Events - Parents of TeensEvents - TeensPerspectives on College Life for Teens* and Parents of Teens

Date: March 1, 2015
Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: AANE Office, 51 Water Street, Suite 206, Watertown, MA 02472
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Are you a teen who is considering/planning to attend college? Are you wondering:

  • What is a "Gap Year" and how could I do that?
  • What are the best and most challenging parts of college for someone like me?
  • Should I write about Asperger's in my college essay? Why or why not?
  • What type of college environment will work for me?
  • Should I live at home or away?
  • Should I ask for a single room if I live away?
  • How can I make friends at college?
  • How will I have time for everything I like to do AND do everything I have to do?

Come hear what current students or recent graduates with Asperger Syndrome have to say about their college experiences. Also hear the perspective of parents of college students. There will be refreshments, a packet of college information, and plenty of time to ask questions.

(*Teens must be accompanied by a parent.)

Events - Parents of ChildrenEvents - Parents of TeensUnderstanding the Asperger/Autism Spectrum IEP Process

Date: March 5, 2014
Time: 10 am– 12:00 am
Location: Webinar
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This workshop is designed to empower parents as advocates for your children in the IEP (Individual Education Plan) process. It will provide you with a foundation of knowledge, practical strategies, and effective approaches to working with your child's school in a collaborative and productive way. You will learn about IEPs, services needed in school, and Massachusetts law. It will also address the learning and generalization of nonacademic skills such as: social skills, organizational skills, self-advocacy, and independent living skills. You will leave with a worksheet for IEP planning that you can update and use each year.

Events - Parents of ChildrenEvents - Parents of TeensMy Child Just Got Diagnosed -- Now What?

Dates: (choose one) March 9, May 11, Aug. 7
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Location: AANE Office, 51 Water Street, Suite 206, Watertown, MA 02472
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When your child gets an Autism Spectrum diagnosis it's hard to know what to do first. Join other parents to learn about the most common characteristics of Asperger Syndrome/Autism Spectrum, including basic information about behavioral issues, parenting strategies, disclosure, and school concerns.

Events - EveryoneAsperger/Autism and Disclosure

AANE Conference

Date: March 14th, 2015
Time: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Bentley University, 175 Forest Street, LaCava 300, Waltham, MA
Keynotes: Dr. Daniel Rosenn and Gina & Katie Gallagher
Cost: $125 (Professionals, includes CEUs), $90 (Nonprofessionals)
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AANE has combined resources with MGH/Aspire and NESCA to present this timely and important conference on Asperger Syndrome/Autism and disclosure, especially in the light of the changes in the DSM-5. This conference covers all aspects of disclosure pertinent to children, teens, and adults: from parents disclosing to their child, their family, and to the community and adults disclosing to colleges, potential partners, or employers. Sandwiched between the keynote speakers, professionals, parents, and adults will delve into and discuss the many facets of this complex topic in small workshops. All conference participants will receive a book of first-person stories and experiences around disclosure.

Registration Brochure (PDF)

Events - EveryoneGet Social - Gathering and Benefit

Raise a Glass as We Raise Money for AANE

Date: March 18, 2015
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Location: Village Pourhouse, 64 3rd Ave. at 11th St., New York, NY
Cost: $50.00
Hosts: Dania Jekel, Alex Spiro, & Kelly Genois
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Events - Parents of ChildrenEvents - Parents of TeensWriting Measurable IEP Goals

Date: March 19, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: AANE Office, 51 Water Street, Suite 206, Watertown, MA 02472
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This workshop provides practical strategies for writing IEP goals and objectives to meet your child's needs. We address the main areas that are usually covered in the IEP of a students with Asperger's/Autism or a related diagnosis. These may include social-emotional goals, social pragmatics, self-regulation, self-advocacy, written expression, and organization and planning. You will leave with the tools you need to analyze your child's current IEP and to develop goals and objectives that are easy to understand and measure.

Events - Parents of TeensWelcome to the Teen Years

Date: March 23, 2015
Time: 10 am – 11:30 am
Location: Webinar
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Parents often ask two big questions about their teens: "Who is this person living in my house?" and "Is this behavior because of Asperger's or is this what all teens are like?" This workshop addresses both of those questions. We cover adolescence and puberty and the special challenges they present for teens with Asperger/Autism Spectrum, as well as what you can do to help your teen meet those challenges.

Events - EveryoneFrom Mathematical Model to Stim Toy and Beyond: Amazing Adventures with the Crocheted Hyperbolic

Date: March 29, 2015
Time: 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Location: AANE Office, 51 Water Street, Suite 206, Watertown, MA
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Dr. Sarah Kuhn presents her story of how making hyperbolic planes with crochet can assist with anxiety, followed by an optional crochet workshop.

Events - AdultsCultivating Relationships: How to Make and Keep Friends with Rudy Simone

Date: April 21, 2015
Time: 7 pm – 8:15 pm
Location: Webinar
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We on the spectrum make loyal non-game-playing friends, but some aspects of AS make relationships difficult for us. Self-esteem issues can cause us to choose the wrong sort of mate or pal. Once we have a partner/friend, other things can cause friction: ritual and routine, sensory issues, perfectionism, bluntness, logical and literal thinking, empathy issues and being misunderstood, among others. Learn to see yourself as others see you and also learn to appreciate what you do have to offer.

Events - Parents of ChildrenEvents - Parents of TeensWhy Does My Child Behave Like That?
Practical Strategies for Parents of Kids on the Autism Spectrum

Date: April 30, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: AANE Office, 51 Water Street, Suite 206, Watertown, MA 02472
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Do you ever feel frustrated by your child's behavior? What can we do as parents to help our children on the Autism Spectrum increase their ability to stay calm, cope better with frustration, get along better with others, think more flexibly, solve everyday problems, and transition with less trauma?

Join Brenda Dater, author of Parenting without Panic and Director of Child and Teen Services at AANE, to learn practical strategies to make home life function more smoothly.

Events - Parents of TeensYes I Can! Fostering Teens' Self-Knowledge, Self-Esteem, and Assertiveness

Date: May 5, 2015
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: AANE Office, 51 Water Street, Suite 206, Watertown, MA 02472
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To live effectively in the neurotypical world, adults with Asperger's need to understand their individual profile of challenges and strengths, and know when and how to ask for any help or accommodations they need. This workshop will address how parents can help teens become more self-aware and more effective at self-advocacy.

Events - Parents of ChildrenEvents - Parents of TeensHelping Your Child Make Friends

Date: May 20, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: AANE Office, 51 Water Street, Suite 206, Watertown, MA 02472
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Many parents report that their children have a hard time making friends and maintaining friendships. This workshop addresses the reasons our kids have difficulty with this particular set of skills and how parents can help their children learn these skills. We take parents step-by-step through the whole process, from the types of friendships children develop, to where to meet potential friends, to planning a get-together with a friend.

Events - Parents of TeensEvents - Parents of AdultsEstate Planning

Date: June 1, 2015
Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Webinar
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How can you protect and provide for your son/daughter with an Asperger/Autism Spectrum diagnosis once you are gone or if you should become seriously ill or disabled? Do you have a will? Do you need to create a special needs trust? Many families feel confused and overwhelmed when facing these tough decisions. Let Atty. Ken Shulman demystify the process and help you figure out how to begin taking appropriate action.

Events - Parents of ChildrenEvents - Parents of TeensEvents - AdultsAppy Hour: Apps for Learning and Organization

Date: June 8, 2, 2014
Time: 7 pm – 9 pm
Location: Webinar
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Appy Hour is a fast-paced sharing of iOS (Apple) apps. This session provides an overview of app options within targeted categories, but is not a substitute for in-depth training on specific apps. A brief overview of assistive technology assessment and evaluating apps will also be covered. Targeted areas will be: executive function; social cognition/pragmatics; self-regulation; and written communication. Other category options: augmentative and alternative communication; motor skills; Arts education; learning to read; reading to learn; STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics); recreational/leisure; life skills; and teacher tools.